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The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -
The Water Project: Sichangi Spring Catchment Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Protected Spring

Program: IcFEM Water Projects

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2013

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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Community Profile

This project is part of IcFEM’s WaSH program, which includes multiple water source schemes as well as substantial community level hygiene promotion, and training on project operation and maintenance. 

What follows is a brief project outline direct from our partner: 

Sichangi spring is located in Namakhele village, Bungoma County. The area is mainly populated with small scale farmers most of whom grow maize and keep livestock. 

Just like many areas of Bungoma County, water remains a major headache in the rural areas like Namakhele. The villagers have to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity from natural and permanent sources that are usually susceptible to water-borne diseases.

The community has made an attempt to protect the spring in the past without much success mainly due to lack of resources. The work done on the spring was poor resulting in water flowing from the sides of the protected area. The project will therefore involve doing a complete overhaul of the spring. 

Project Updates

11/04/2013: Sichangi Spring Project Completed

After long delays, we are very excited to report that the Sichangi spring protection project in Kenya is finished.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project (edited for clarity).  We also just posted some new pictures.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

Project Description and Status

The spring is located in IcFEM Kibingei Local Transformation Unit, in Namakhele village, Bungoma County. Just like many areas of Bungoma County, lack of a clean water supply has been a major problem for the rural residents of Namakhele. The villagers had to walk long distances in search of the precious commodity from natural sources like rivers and unprotected springs that are usually susceptible to water-borne diseases.

The spring protection began in December with the mobilization of the community to contribute ballast for the work to begin. The construction work commenced in January but stalled in February because most of the residents were caught up in the political activities preceding the election.   They could therefore not be available to provide labour at the site.

The work resumed in March, after the elections and up until the month of May when it was completed.

Again, the fence was not erected at the time because the community had not contributed sufficient poles for fencing. The committee worked hard to ensure the community plays its part and the site was finally fenced in July.

The community is now accessing clean and safe water for domestic use and healing has come to the land through the project.

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11/09/2012: Sichangi Project update

Quick update from IcFEM on the project: 

The committee has been established and has been mobilizing the community to prepare their contributions. The contractor for the work has been identified and is ready to start work once the funds and the community contribution of stones are in place. The work is expected to take about a month to complete.
The committee training and the hygiene focused ‘training of trainers’ have both taken place, and schools education has also been delivered to benefit children living near the site.

Great update from the field, we’ll add photos just as soon as we get them. IcFEM assure us more photos will be coming through in the next couple of days. 

10/23/2012: Sichangi Project update

ICFEM have sent through details of the community mobilisation process under way as part of their spring catchment programme. Here’s some insight into what is happening, direct from IcFEM:  

All the water sites have a standard water users’ committee comprising of 11 members. The 11 are derived from all the water stakeholders in the community, that is:

  1.  The land owner (1)
  2. The Provincial Administration representative (Village Elder/Ass. Chief/Chief) (1)
  3. A Community Health Worker (1)
  4. A Technician (someone within the community with some technical knowledge on springs) (1)
  5. IcFEM Fellowship representative (1) 
  6. A Women leader (1)
  7. A Youth Leader (1)
  8. Ex-official (LTU executive)
  9. Community Members (3)

The turn-out  of the meetings convened at the water sites was a good representation of the water users and the key stakeholders. A total of 332 people were mobilised from the 15 water sites that we are currently dealing with, most of whom were men. 

All the water sites accepted to rise up to 15% of the total project cost before the constructions begin by early October 2012. This mainly comprises of the locally available resources within the villages i.e. Stone, Hardcore, Sand, Construction tools, Food and unskilled labour etc, but this varies from one community to the other. 

The committees formed are mainly overseeing the collection of the agreed resources at each site as they undergo training in preparation to oversee Operation and Maintenance. 

This is excellent news coming from IcFEM, offering real insight into the community mobilisation process. We are excited about the next step, and look forward to updating this page soon with more information. 

10/03/2012: Construction Underway at Sichangi Spring

We are excited to report that Sichangi spring, in Namakhele village, has been selected for a spring catchment system.  Construction has begun to protect this source of safe, clean water for the people of the village.  See the project page for more information, including GPS coordinates.

Project Photos

Project Type

Protected Spring

In many communities, natural springs exist as water flows from cracks in rocky ground or the side of a hill.  Springs provide reliable water but that doesn’t mean safe. When left open they become contaminated by surface contamination, animal and human waste and rain runoff. The solution is to protect the source. First, you excavate around the exact source area of the spring. Then, you build a protective reservoir for water flow, which leads to a concrete spring box and collection area. Safe water typically flows year-round and there is very limited ongoing maintenance needed!